Is augmented reality projections the new fireworks of the Middle East? We hope so
To celebrate a wedding it is common for Middle East men to shoot guns into the air, with stray bullets eventually falling to the sky, killing wildlife and sometimes people. This still happens in Gaza and Jordan for instance, although authorities in Jordan are trying to fight the practice. In Jaffa, Israel the Arabs there shoot off fireworks instead. The booming explosion creates the effect, but we like to see a new direction the Middle East is headed to: augmented reality.
To celebrate the United Arab Emirates National Day 2011, technologists and designers at Obscura Digital created an augmented reality canvas over the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and the Al Jahili Fort in the Gulf region. Augmenting reality with a projector, and images is a new way of celebrating without creating waste. Although the 44 projectors with a combined brightness of 840,000 lumens does create carbon emissions, we avoid all the toxins and dangers of fireworks –– which the Middle East people so love. See below for mind-blowing images and video.
The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is itself a stunning piece of architecture, highlighting the stunning design and attention to details made famous in the Middle East. On a huge scale, consider the projected area goes over a surface 600ft wide x 351ft high, this new project shows some of the best in eastern design.
Here’s the whole video of the Obscura Design event in Abu Dhabi